Volunteering at the Library

Volunteering can be a great way to build experience, learn new skills, connect with others and give back to your community. Both you, as a volunteer, and the organization you volunteer for benefit from volunteering.  When you volunteer you give your time and unique talents to help others and in return we work together to build a stronger community.

Aurora Public Library offers a number of volunteer opportunities for teens as well as limited volunteer experiences for adults.

For teens, volunteering is the perfect way to contribute to the library while also earning community service hours. We offer both virtual as well as in person volunteer opportunities, please see the listings below for what is currently available. Virtual volunteer opportunities are available to students throughout Ontario, however preference is given to students who live and/or attend school in Aurora.  Volunteer programs change throughout the year so please check this page regularly to match yourself with an opportunity that meets your needs.  When submitting a volunteer application please note that you will be notified via email with your acceptance into the program.

Not all volunteer applicants will be successful. Volunteer opportunities are limited and positions are filled based on community needs.

volunteering Opportunities

Please note: All in-person volunteers must provide proof of double vaccination in order to participate.

TEENS: Teen Advisory Group

Now Accepting Applications

Teen Advisory Group is a place where you can contribute fresh ideas and opinions of our YA programs, services, and resources.

TAG members give recommendations on how we can improve library services, bring us new ideas about teen programs, suggest new titles and other resources for the library and participate in various volunteering opportunities that we offer.

What are the benefits of being a TAG member?

As a TAG member you will receive updates about available volunteer opportunities at APL. Other benefits include earn more volunteer hours as needed for your academic requirements, getting to know different teens in the community and having a chance to lead and facilitate some programs for teens.

TEENS: Math Buddies

Now Accepting Applications

Math Buddies is a support program for children who are looking for additional assistance to improve their math skills. Children meet in the library with a high school volunteer for ten one-hour sessions to work on different math activities. Please fill out our application and let us know what assistance your child needs as teen volunteers are ready to help them! Math Buddies is appropriate for Grades 1 through 6.

  • Please click on image to the left to apply to be a Math Buddy

TEENS: Reading Buddies

Now Accepting Applications

Reading Buddies is a literacy-based program for children who have difficulty reading at their grade level.  Children in grades 1-6 will meet in the library with a high school volunteer once a week for ten one-hour sessions.  Buddies will concentrate on reading for pleasure, and enjoy activities that promote reading and writing skills.

  • Please click on image to the left to apply to be a Reading Buddy

TEENS: APL Acts of Kindness

A random act of kindness is an unexpected act of charity or helpfulness and is often done for a stranger. These selfless acts can make a big difference in someone's day and may be remembered far into the future.  We want to encourage more kindness in our community and are looking for volunteers who want to share their kindness.

Check our program events page and join our APL Acts of Kindness program dates to earn volunteer hours.

ADULTS: Visiting Library Service

The Visiting Library Service (VLS) selects and delivers library resources to Aurora residents who are homebound and unable to visit the Library themselves.

This valuable community service is made possible through the efforts of dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers must be over 18, have a valid APL membership and their own transportation. Volunteers will be required to complete a vulnerable sector screening. If you would like to volunteer, please complete this application.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will be kept on file for one year.

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